Tips for planning an IEW event

Published September 4, 2019

The International Education Week (IEW) Planning Committee is seeking units on campus to host events during UB’s annual celebration of the rich cultural diversity of the campus community.

This year, IEW runs from Nov. 18-22.

“International Education Week is a time for every UB student, and faculty and staff member to celebrate our diverse community and our impact both locally and globally,” says Caitlin Rioux, international student inclusion and engagement program coordinator, and chair of the IEW Planning Committee. “Students can taste new foods, learn new dances, hear stories of travel and research to find unexplored interests and see the world from a brand-new view.

“This week is an opportunity to develop UB community members as global citizens,” she adds.

Rioux offers some suggestions for units considering sponsoring an event:

Units may already have an event or activity planned that could be promoted as part of IEW. And events that may not have an international focus can be tweaked to add a cross-cultural element. Contact the Rioux for ideas on how to give events a global twist.

Identify staff members who are interested in global issues or have international experience. Don’t forget about student staff members — they can be valuable resources.

Brainstorm ways to involve those who have never traveled outside of the U.S. with their international colleagues in a learning experience.

A few of the successful events from IEW 2018 include:

Other ideas for events:

  • A student club social activity in collaboration with a student cultural club.
  • Round table discussion and lunch.
  • International film viewing and discussion.
  • Workshops on internationally focused topics.
  • Poster presentations from a globally focused class.
  • Faculty panel presenting internationally focused research.
  • Intercultural simulations.

Units interested in planning an event should email for an event planning worksheet to help with the details. Proposals must be submitted to by Oct. 1. Selected proposals may be eligible for supplementary funding.